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Celebrate 3.14 with Pi(e)!

March 14 inspires some to solve math puzzles and others to eat pie. Can you guess why? Hint: look at the date, 3.14. It’s Pi Day!

You may be asking yourself Why Pi? So is the author of this fun nonfiction title that looks at the history of math. From the geometry of the great pyramids to the ways we measure our modern world, this book presents math connections to everyday life.

For something a little more fanciful try Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure. This story cleverly ties in math concepts with a memorable story. When Sir Cumference drinks a potion that turns him into a dragon, it’s up to his son Radius to find a cure. Radius must solve a riddle, which leads him to pi, a magical number that helps him discover the properties of any circle.

Another great bridge between the world of stories and math is Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems. These puzzles are presented as riffs on well-known poems, such as one inspired by “The Raven” that asks students how many cuts they will need to make in an apple pie to get 10 pieces.

Speaking of apple pie, with Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie you can join Amelia Bedelia as she visits the farmers market, rolls some dough, and tries to figure out just who Granny Smith is. This picture book even includes a recipe for making your own apple pie!

When it comes to pie, it’s usually the filling that gets all the attention (peach! blueberry! yum!), but a good crust can make all the difference, as Alice discovers in Pie by Sarah Weeks. When Alice’s grandmother passes away, her secret world-famous pie crust recipe gets left to the cat. And the cat is left in the care of Alice. Now the whole town has gone pie crazy and Alice is caught in the middle!

If you want to get straight to the pie making, check out The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking to find some great recipes for goodies like crispy apple pie and strawberry tarts!

 

About the Authors:

Mia Cabana is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Book Clubs. She has also worked as a young adult librarian and dreams of someday joyriding around the country in her own bookmobile. Catherine Alexander is a managing editor of online copy at Scholastic Reading Club. She previously worked at Sesame Workshop. So yes, she has in fact met Big Bird. 

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